• The C&O Canal a few miles above Great Falls VA
  • “The Georgetown” canal boat at Georgetown. Mile 0 of the C&O Canal
  • Crossing the Youghiogheny at Ohiopyle on the Great Allegheny Passage
  • Great Falls of the Potomac
  • Keystone viaduct on the Great Allegheny Passage
  • Mount Vernon home of George Washington
  • Dyke Marsh on the Mount Vernon Trail
  • View of the Potomac from Mount Vernon
  • Volunteers muscle a stepping stone into place on the PHT
  • Volunteers install a gravel tread on the PHT
  • Volunteers getting ready for action!
  • The C&O Canal a few miles below Great Falls VA
  • View of Harpers Ferry WVA from the C&O Canal
  • The Wide Water section of the C&O canal
  • The Paw Paw tunnel on the C&O Canal
  • A nice view of some wind mills on the GAP
  • A very picturesque spot on the GAP

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HEAR YE HEAR YE!!! I'm pleased to announce that as part of the NVA Trail Fest on May 2 that was announced here, there will be 2 kayak tours that explore sections of Potomac River water trails. Take lots of pics and be prepared to share your experiences with your fellow trail fest attendees! Friday April 17, Whites Ford Regional Park to Algonkian Regional Park (14+ miles). This is a weekday but boy what a perfect day to play hooky from work :-) We'll meet at the gravel lot next to the Algonkian boat launch at 8:00AM. ***NOTE*** - There's nothing of significance water hazard wise in the route but it is a long paddle so be prepared to spend all day...
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Join our friends at Prince William Trails & Streams Coalition for 3 worktrips (details here): March 14 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Broad Run Trail workday March 21 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Clean-up at Veteran’s Park and Marumsco creek (on the Potomac Heritage Trail in Woodbridge) April 11 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Occoquan River Cleanup  ...
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Please tell the Fairfax Co. Planning Commission you support the Cliffs of Occoquan Trail at Fairfax Water. Call 703-324-2865 or e-mail plancom@fairfaxcounty.gov  by FEB. 25.  UPDATE:  Strong pro-trail testimony at public hearing 2/12.  For details on this amazing trail opportunity see my Lorton Valley Star article and my Jan 17 and Nov 13 blogs below. Final decision by Board of Supervisors, probably in late March, but they rely heavily on Planning Commission's decision.  ...
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PHTA is working with No. Va. Regional Park Authority (NVRPA) and other groups to create a celebration event for trails in Northern Virginia.   Events start at Algonkian Park at different times, and end there in time for barbecue lunch at 1PM: 8 am:  KAYAK TRIP:  Shuttle departs Algonkian for Kephart Landing for kayak trip to Algonkian.  8:30 am:  9-MILE HIKE:  Shuttle departs Algonkian for Riverbend Park for 9-mile hike back.  There is the option to arrange to park at Riverbend and kayak back to Riverbend after the lunch (contact freewalkers.org) 10 am    4-MILE HIKE:    Shuttle departs Algonkian for the end of Seneca Road for 4-mile hike back. BIKE RIDE--details will be worked out soon. Over lunch we can share...
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The NoVa Regional Park Authority recently improved its boat launch facility at Whites Ford Park in Leesburg, VA.  Here are a few photos  ...
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Virginia State Senator Hanger has introduced a budget amendment, SB-800, which would buy the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail (DRHT) in King George County for inclusion in the state park system.  PHTA board member Jim Lynch asks trail enthusiasts to contact their Virginia State Senator to support this bill.  For more on the DRHT--maps, events, photos, please see  http://www.friendsdrht.org/            ...
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